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Magnified image of Gaodolinite
The British Geological Survey today released a profile on rare earth elements. This comes amidst increasing concerns over the security of supply for natural resources, especially for high tech electronic, military and environmental applications.


Carbon dioxide molecules
Sandstone rocks deep beneath the Moray Firth are being examined for the storage of carbon dioxide emissions. This is the first time a consortium of the Scottish Government and industry has funded (£290k) a study to test the suitability of a …


Soufriere Hills Volcano , Montserrat
Aerial photographs of the ash plume from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland have been released by the British Geological Survey (BGS). British geologists took the pictures whilst on the last flight from Reykjavik to Glasgow …


Specially designed fork-lift trucks are used to manage over 100km of drill core stored at BGS
A debate will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday March 25th on the re-location to Nottingham of the UK continental shelf hydrocarbon cores and data currently housed at Gilmerton, Edinburgh. The motion, proposed by Mr Mike Pringle …


BGS Edinburgh
Scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) were alerted by their automatic earthquake location software 11 minutes after the earthquake struck Chile. Data has been received by the BGS from all over the world including seismic stations in …


One of the earliest mine plans on record from the Esgair-Hir lead and silver mine in Cardiganshire, dated 1704
As part of ongoing work to create a national Mining Plans Portal, the British Geological Survey (BGS) poses the question: do you have the oldest mine plan in Great Britain?


Photograph of the Great Barrier Reef
British Geological Survey staff set sail on the Great Barrier Reef Environmental Changes Expedition (GBREC). As part of this international research effort, fossil coral reefs will be examined to understand how sea-level changed in the past and …


Photograph of exploration of Curraghinalt gold deposit, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland (BGS©NERC)
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is making its mineral exploration archive available to download for free from This will coincide with the relaunch of the website in early February 2010.


Scientists at the British Geological Survey were alerted by their automatic earthquake location software 10 minutes after the earthquake struck Haiti. The seismic waves from the earthquake took 10 minutes to reach their seismic monitoring …


A overview of a William Smith geological map
How did the son of a blacksmith produce the world's first geological map? The 2009 BGS Christmas Lecture will tell the story of this 19th century pioneering geologist at the headquarters of the modern-day British Geological Survey - with mince pies too!


Discover if you live on rocks from an extinct volcano, in the middle of an ancient river or deep under a Caribbean-like sea teeming with exotic creatures. This is now possible with the British Geological Survey s (BGS) release of …


Photograph of Professor Jon Gluyas
Jon Gluyas, Professor in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Geo-Energy at Durham University, has been appointed chairman of the British Geological Survey (BGS) Board. Professor Gluyas will take over this role from the current chairman Derek …


BGS stores over 15,000 borehole, vibrocore, gravitycore and grab samples
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has been the custodian of the UK Continental Shelf core and records collections at Gilmerton (Edinburgh) for a number of years on behalf of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and predecessor …


Archive Awareness at BGS in Keyworth, Nottingham in 2008
The British Geological Survey (BGS) at Keyworth, Nottingham will be running free guided tours of its National Archive holdings on Saturday 5th December 2009. This event is in support of the national Archive Awareness Campaign 2009 and the BGS …


Ancaster stone from Ancaster, Lincolnshire was used to build Wollaton Hall, Nottingham
Historic buildings in Britain are increasingly at risk from damage due to the effects of climate change and a lack of suitable building stone for conservation, repair and new build. The work of the British Geological Survey (BGS) on building …


Young visitors examining fossils during a previous Open Day at Murchison House, Edinburgh.
The British Geological Survey's Edinburgh Headquarters, Murchison House, is opening its doors to the public from 10.00 to 17.00 on Saturday 26th September as part of Edinburgh's ''Doors Open Day''. Amongst the exhibits, demonstrations and …


BGS stores over 15,000 borehole, vibrocore, gravitycore and grab samples
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is hoping to consolidate all of its onshore and offshore cores at one site. It will provide a first-class National Geoscience Data Centre (NDGC) that will be located at the geological survey headquarters in …


Power station
Teams of young scientists and engineers will compete in an environmental science challenge (Energy Resources and Land Use Conflict) from the 6th to the 8th of July 2009 at the British Geological Survey, Nottingham.


Sixth form students reporting on the 'Quarry or Not?' public inquiry
Minerals are essential materials needed to build our homes, schools, hospitals and work places; and the minerals industry is an important part of the UK economy. So how do you balance economic necessity with environmental protection?


Photograph of the William Smith Building
The largest wooden-framed open plan office building in the UK will be opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on 25th June 2009 at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Keyworth, Nottingham. The William Smith Building is the newest …


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